Mission Australia is proud to be a foundation partner with ACU in Catalyst-Clemente Surry Hills — the longest running Clemente program in Australia. Catalyst-Clemente is about overcoming serious challenges such as social exclusion and isolation from learning and community participation. There are so many ways that community and business organisations can contribute to Clemente Australia such as providing venues for lectures and tutorials, access to computers and internet, administration and coordination, recruitment and training of learning partners and identifying students.
We know from experience the importance of embedding education programs such as Clemente in a network of social, health and welfare services to provide holistic support to the students who face many life challenges. When recruiting students, we prioritise their willingness and excitement to learn, we don’t discriminate.
We hear time and time again from everyone involved in Catalyst-Clemente — students, lecturers, learning partners and administrators — how deeply the program touches and enriches their lives. I encourage other partner organisations to join the Clemente community and experience the rewards your contribution will bring.
OAM Program Manager, Mission Australia Centre, Sydney